Oatmeal Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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84
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254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: silver0rlead on 10-10-2010)
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Photo of weatherfreak87
1/5  rDev -73.1%

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1/5  rDev -73.1%

Photo of WhiteOak
2.15/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Opaque black/dark brown, with a faint red brown edge in bright light. Light brown head settles out quickly.

S- Wet cardboard and balsamic vinegar dressing.

T- Burnt malt and ashtray flavor.

M, D- Typical weight, but lacking any requisite maltiness one would expect from the style.

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, opaque brown color with a tiny tan head that leaves only a ring in the glass. Aroma of oatmeal, chocolate and roasted malts, mild coffee, earth, and molasses-like syrup. Flavor of oats, sweet chocolate malts, oats, mild coffee, cola syrup, molasses, and overripe plums. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth, sweet, roasty mouthfeel. But, I've had way better oatmeal stouts. This one didn't put it together for me at all.

Photo of craftbeer31
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of caljrjr
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a dark molasses brown with a slim fizzy tan head. Dirty ring and brown fog remain. Would have preferred some head retention, but it looks handsome.

Smell -- Well-roasted malt, mild coffee notes, chocolate milk, molasses, and perhaps some rolled oats. There is some mild berry tartness.

Taste -- Lots of dark roast in this beer, bringing to mind burnt bread crust, coffee grounds, bakers chocolate, and a bit of wood ash. Some harsh acidity as well. Oat character is obscured by the charred malt acidity. Warmth mellows this beer as blackstrap molasses becomes evident. Licorice becomes noticeable toward the finish. Lingering flavors of cafe mocha and burnt barley.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, moderate fizzy carbonation, and a drying, slightly acidic finish.

Drinkability -- Not one of my favorites of the style. The roast character is just too much, bordering on ashy, and the acidity was distracting. Oatmeal stouts should really be smooth and mellow, a slam dunk in the easy-drinking category. This just doesn't possess those qualities.

Photo of largadeer
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown, nearly black. A finger of tan foam rises from a gentle pour.

Aroma: Sharp roasted barley and fennel. Some earthy and herbal qualities, a bit of oatmeal cookie as it warms, and a hint of smoke. There's a bit of acidity from the roasted malt.

Taste & mouthfeel: Grainy and burnt up front, moderately acidic with a smoky undertone. Not particularly rich or sweet, this oatmeal stout is heavy on blackened malt and licorice flavors. Medium in body though quite dry, this could use more sweetness and less acrid roasted bitterness.

Photo of Dave_Treat
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of vipguy814
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of illidurit
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from a winter beer mix pack. An unceremonious dumping into a pint glass produces a big cocoa-colored lather atop a black coffee body. Chocolate-covered coffee bean aroma with hints of sulfur and iron. Slight apple pie note and some phenols too. Flavor is old coffee and minerals, chocolate milk made with water instead of milk (I guess you'd call that chocolate water), charred coffee beans and a lingering metal note that recalls sucking on a penny. Unfortunately, this beer derives no full mouthfeel or silkiness from its use of oats, and so my tongue derives no satisfaction. About what I expected from Mendocino.

Photo of brian44556
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Bell's Pint Glass. No dating on the bottle, but this has been in my fridge for about 4-5 months, but has been chilled the whole time.

Pours a dark motor oil color with a tiny brown head. Leaves a lacing on the sides of the glass that crawls back into the abyss when swished around. The beer smells of chocolate, roasted malts, and the slightest hint of coffee. This beer tastes of stale, burnt coffee. Also caught notes of watered down chocolate oats. Unfortunately this beer doesn't taste anywhere near how it smells. The mouthful is pretty thin and I don't catch that silky smooth finish a good oatmeal stout contains. Overall this beer is very, very average. If it wasn't for the the decent appearance and smell, which are both pretty good, this beer would be very below average. Another average offering from Mendocino.

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of TonyY
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of bernat1971
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of HumphreyLee
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -19.4%

03/18/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Not what I expected. Most oatmeal stouts I've tried are very smooth & on the creamy side. This taste is much less viscose & a tad bitter, almost acidic. Not bad but with a 6% ABV the cost in terms of my alcohol consumption 'allowance' out weighs the enjoyment factor. Gnome sane?

Photo of JohnnyMc
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of BenwayPHD
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Pours black with a three finger tan mocha head. Smells roasty and nutty like chocolate, annis, maybe a little coriander. The flavor is okay. A little things for my taste. Also there is a bit of an off flavor that I can't quite put my finger on.

Photo of s4s
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a lovely deep brown/red. A nice compact brown head forms on top.

S - Smoky and roasty with a touch of dark fruits. Molasses. Little tough to find oatmeal.

T - Sweet and light. This beer becomes smaller and less impressive with each catergory

M - Thin, but very smooth

O - This is OK. It's a pretty simple-tasting beer, which is not in line with the nose. This is a bummer, man...that's a..that's a bummer.

Photo of ebrauser
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pitch dark - totally absorbent with a thin, light, brown head.

Smell: Roasted chocolate, figs, and iced coffee. Upon revisiting there is a touch of cardboard...

Flavor: Thick chocolate malt with some bitterness and dryness in the finish. Vanilla, fruits, and spices outweigh any roasted/hop/chocolate flavors.

MF: Sweet and silky though with maybe just a little off flavoring which might limit drinkability.

Photo of jsprain1
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Very close to black. The color is nice but the brown head retains very poorly. It's gone very quickly.
S- Smell is of slightly burnt caramel, molasses, and a bit of bourbon.
T- Up front there is a nice roasted note with dark caramel and a bit of maple syrup flavor. The finish has a bit of an off sour note though.
M- Excessively light for the style and not nearly smooth enough for an oatmeal stout.
O- This was disappointing. I generally like Mendocino, but this one just wasn't that good.

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Oatmeal Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
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